Clarington, Ontario Officials Begin Using E-citation Parking Software

By Casey Houser September 05, 2014

For all the recent fights taking place between app owners and municipalities due to owners' smartphone-based solutions to solve parking problems in major cities, not everyone appears to be on the side of the municipalities. Governments are often seen as the bad guys, and if they are not inventing new laws, they are enforcing old laws that people (smartphone users) do not like.

The City of Clarington, Ontario is looking to change that perception of parking and government officials by implementing a gtechna e-citation software that will run on Parking Enforcement officers' Android smartphones. Specifically, the city's announcement makes it known that officers will be using Samsung Galaxy S4 devices as their chosen enforcement devices. The city says the software will help make its operations more efficient and hopes to pass on savings to city residents.

Anne Greentree, municipal clerk for the City of Clarington, says she is "delighted" with the new parking software and notes that officers will not be using it to purposefully write more parking tickets.

"While there's not been a large increase in ticket volume which I'm sure the public appreciates," Greentree said, "we have seen an improvement in accuracy. This means fewer voided tickets and revenue gains for the Municipality. But, those who are in the wrong, [sic] are increasingly unable to dispute an error free ticket and these gains from increased compliance can also go back to the Municipality ultimately benefiting taxpayers and public services."

Greentree goes on to note that the City has tried other solutions that did not work as well. In the vein of many businesses that seek unified communications and interoperability between devices, she says officers using smartphones can talk, text, and email on the same devices in which they issue citations. She says it results in a "more targeted approach" to dealing with parking situations.

gtechna offers software that can update itself from the cloud, recognize license plates and parking permits, and can provide an online resource for consumers to make payments or dispute citations. The company notes that the software can sync with multiple devices including smartphones and tablets, laptops and desktops, and even portable thermal printers.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Why People Don't Update Their Computers

By: Special Guest    7/13/2018

When the WannaCry ransomware attacked companies all over the world in 2017, experts soon realized it was meant to be stopped by regular updating. Even…

Read More

More Intelligence About The New Intelligence

By: Rich Tehrani    7/9/2018

TMC recently announced the launch of three new artificial intelligence events under the banner of The New Intelligence. I recently spoke with TMC's Ex…

Read More

Technology, Innovation, and Compliance: How Businesses Approach the Digital Age

By: Special Guest    6/29/2018

Organizations must align internally to achieve effective innovation. Companies should consider creating cross-functional teams or, at a minimum, incre…

Read More

Contribute Your Brain Power to The New Intelligence

By: Paula Bernier    6/28/2018

The three events that are part of The New Intelligence are all about how businesses and service providers, and their customers, can benefit from artif…

Read More

TMC Launches The New Intelligence - an Unparalleled AI and Machine Learning Conference & Expo in Florida

By: TMCnet News    6/28/2018

TMC announced the launch of The New Intelligence conference and expo - The Event Powering the AI Revolution. This exciting new event will take place o…

Read More